Raising a Tost to Schumacher

Michael Schumacher should stay in Formula One as long as he's enjoying it and retains the passion to win, said Franz Tost, the Austrian boss of Red Bull's Toro Rosso team, to Der Spiegel.

Tost knows the 42-year-old well, and commented on speculation that Schumacher would retire after the 2012 season, saying: 'First of all, Michael Schumacher, the seven time world champion with nothing to prove, should not care whether his teammate Nico Rosberg is faster than him or not.

'What is crucial for him is whether it is still fun or whether the passion is still there. These are questions only he can answer.'

Schumacher's first boss, Eddie Jordan, told Dutch website f1today.nl, that the great German had 'was no longer relevant as a force in motor-racing. 'This sport has had many champions and Michael Schumacher has had his day,' said Irishman Jordan. 'He has had huge success and is a very good driver, but someone should talk to him and try to convince him to let his place be taken by another talented driver,' But Tost responded: 'Michael brings so many other advantages that outweigh that. Do you think Mercedes would still be so much in the spotlight if Michael Schumacher left?

'This is a crucial factor. He continues to attract huge amounts of attention and so I see his comeback as anything but negative.'

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